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Extra homes planned for Dublin’s new eastern urban quarter

Words: Huw Morris

Homes for 1,000 more people than previously planned are to be added to the redevelopment scheme for the Irish Glass Bottle site and the Poolbeg Peninsula in Dublin.

Up to 3,500 homes, all of which will be flats, are expected to be sanctioned for construction over the coming years in the new urban quarter at the city’s east end, taking the projected future population from 7,000 to 8,000.

The increase in homes in the new Poolbeg Strategic Development Zone, which is due to be approved by Dublin City Councillors next month, will require taller apartment blocks, and a reduction in the amount of office and retail space that had been planned for the area.

The Department of Housing had asked the council to increase the number of homes on the site from 3,000 to 3,500. Once the plan has been approved the council will have the power to grant development permission that cannot be appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

The department said it would support the development of blocks of flats ranging from four to 16 storeys, “as a means of creating a new skyline, countering urban sprawl and enabling residents to live close to work and facilities”.


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